[ccwg-internet-governance] ITU-D SECTOR MEMBER APPLICATION

Marilyn Cade marilynscade at hotmail.com
Fri Mar 1 13:52:41 UTC 2019

Nigel, many of us, myself included, raised strong concerns about this staff led initiative, which does not reflect the full input of the ICANN Community.

I'd like to have this added to the discussion on this list, BEFORE THE BOARD VOTES, which seems to be over the week end before Kobe -- eg. 7th/8th?

I understand that the proposal is to become a sector member of ITU-D, and I also understand that the work done in that sector is potentially complementary; however, ICANN staff seem to continually assume that the ITU is more important than UNESCO; UNCTAD, WIPO.

It would be helpful to have an overall explanation of ICANN Org recommendation about engagement in the broader suite of UN organizations. Each has a relevance for the ICANN mission/core activities, and hearing from ICANN Org staff how they are addressing engagement with these other UN entities will be exceptionally helpful.

To start, it would be helpful to see ICANN org's responses to questions that have been raised about the risks/benefits described for the broader community in becoming a sector member.

I have seen statements like: "we" don't like to have to ask permission, or "we as staff are uncomfortable with not being treated on an equal footing.  Or, we have a great relationship with the ITU leadership. etc. etc.

I look forward to hearing further explanation about how the community's views were taken into account.

Marilyn Cade

On Thu, Feb 28, 2019 at 4:46 PM Nigel Hickson <nigel.hickson at icann.org<mailto:nigel.hickson at icann.org>> wrote:


In respect of previous dialogue on this issue; please see below




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